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Researchers Using AI To Build Robotic Bees 44

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "British researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Sheffield are developing a computer model of a bee's brain that they hope can help scientists better understand the brains of more-complex animals, such as humans, and perhaps power artificial intelligence systems for bee-like robots. Called 'Green Brain,' the project is trying to advance the science of AI beyond systems that just follow a predetermined set of rules, and into an area where AI systems can actually act autonomously and respond to sensory signals."
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Researchers Using AI To Build Robotic Bees

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  • Scale this up (Score:4, Insightful)

    by teaserX (252970) on Monday October 01, 2012 @06:36PM (#41519211) Homepage Journal
    These don't have to be limited to just RoboBees. The algorithm could be used for more than just pollination. Think about it. Build anything of the appropriate size to autonomously go out and collect $RESOURCE, return with a load, refuel itself and go back out. Some cursory self-defense, like hazard evasion, would be nice. Throw in some networked communication to help with discovery of sources and you have a very efficient way to accumulate stuff.
  • Excellent! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PRMan (959735) on Monday October 01, 2012 @06:54PM (#41519371)
    Maybe these ones will be resistant to Monsanto products...

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